Prof Dr.GVR Shastri, chairman of the Joint Action Committee of the Amaravati Parirakshana Samiti, in a letter to President Ramnath Kovind, stated that the stand adopted by the Home Ministry before the AP High Court on the proposed trifurcation of the capital of the State which ex facie amount to dereliction of Constitutional duties and mandate for the effective functioning of a federal nation like India.
Prof Shastri stated that this was a serious matter of constitutional impropriety, and voluntary cessation of the power and the role of Union Government, relating to the trifurcation of capital which as a custodian of the Constitution, the President must take appropriate steps to maintain the constitutional balance of powers between Union and the States.
He recalled that the Home Ministry on August 6, filed a duly sworn affidavit before the High Court making it abundantly clear that the Centre has no role in the selection of Amaravati as the capital of Andhra Pradesh and it is its sole discretion.
Prof Shastri appealed to the President to note that these blanket statements in the context of the proposed trifurcation will have disastrous and far-reaching consequences which will be irreversible and would become a fait accompli if immediate corrective action is not taken.
“As a constitutional expert and a legal luminary, the President can see that the aforesaid affidavits and the stand taken by the Home Ministry on the trifurcation is against the Constitution and flies in the face of various Articles of the Constitution which empower the President /Union Parliament/Central Government to actively participate and decide on issues relating to States reorganization, establishment and shifting of State Capitals, establishment, and shifting of High Courts and others,” Prof Shastri wrote.
He appealed to the President to kindly look into the matter on utmost priority so that this may not become a constitutional precedent which creates practical difficulties for people and doesn’t destroy peace and order in Andhra Pradesh in particular and all other States in general